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I’ve been keeping an eye on Juan Diego Solanas‘ surreal-sounding sci-fi story Upside Down for a while now. The picture has been in development with Onyx films and Studio 37 for a good while, and has never quite got off of the starting blocks – perhaps due to its mind boggling central concept.

Kirsten Dunst has been in talks to star for some months, I believe, but the news that Jim Sturgess will be taking on the male lead comes after earlier reports that Emile Hirsch was negotiating for the role. Sturgess is a real trade up from Hirsch, I think.

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According to a report on the Bloomberg website (at the end of a trail I picked up at JoBlo), the massively expensive, tremendously ambitious Broadway musical based upon Marvel Comics’ friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man has been smacked with delays. On the new schedule, rehearsals will begin in the Autumn and the show is likely to premiere at some point in 2010. The official reason for the hold up is simple: director Julie Taymor and her collaborators are still chewing over some key decisions…

…and with a budget of over $31 million dollars and a tricky blend of audience expectations to interpret, I can’t say I blame them. That’s a whole lot of responsibility and could give a soul some sleepless nights.

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Some of the voice cast for Zack Snyder‘s animated film based on Kathryn Lansky’s children’s book Guardians of Ga’Hoole has been announced in tonight’s edition of THR. The supporting voice cast includes Jim Sturgess (21), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean), Rachael Taylor (Transformers) and David Wenham (300).

It has been rumored that Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) will make-up the voice cast lead roles, but that has yet to be officially confirmed.
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Jim Sturgess as Spider-Man

Earlier this year Julie Taymor (The Lion King) announced plans to direct a Broadway musical based on Spider-Man. With Across The Universe now behind her, the casting process is upcoming. Taymor told The Daily Mail that she hopes to reteam with her Across The Universe cast for the stage project. Apparently Taymor would like to cast Jim Sturgess as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man and Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane Watson.

“There, I’ve said it. Now I have to go through a web to get them,” Taymor said, adding: “Jim’s certainly interested, but his film career has taken off, so I have to nab him between movies. Same with Evan. They’d be my ideal pairing, though, if they’re free.”

Wood and Sturgess are such perfect, yet different, choices for the stage adaptation. But forget about a musical, why not have Wood and Sturgess in Spider-Man 4? It looks like Tobey, Kirsten and Sam won’t be returning for a fourth Spider-man film (of course, this all could change). Am I crazy for suggesting the idea? Who would you cast in a Spider-Man musical? Or Spider-Man 4 for that matter?

21 Movie Trailer

21

I first read the book Bringing Down the House a couple years back, and knew instantly that Hollywood would make a movie about this real life tale of how six M.I.T. Students took Vegas for Millions. The feature film version is titled 21 and stars Across the Universe‘s Jim Sturgess in the lead, Kevin Spacey as the teacher/leader, in addition to Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, and Aaron Yoo. Sure, director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Monster-in-Law) doesn’t instill confidence, but it’s hard to mess up a heist film (although Oceans 12 accomplished that feat). The new movie trailer makes the movie look very fun. Check out he trailer after the jump.
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The Other Boleyn Girl Movie Trailer

The Other Boleyn Girl Movie Trailer

Most men dream of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. So a movie starring both women together on the screen is something that most men should be excited about, right? The bad news is that it is a romantic period drama (a genre which is usually beloved by women and attested by men).

The Other Boleyn Girl, based on the Philippa Gregory novel which follows the story of two beautiful sisters, Anne (Portman) and Mary (Johansson) Boleyn, who driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the  King Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Kristin Scott Thomas and Across the Universe star Jim Sturgess also star. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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New Photo: Across The Universe

Across The Universe

With the Toronto Film Festival ready to ramp up next week, we’ve just gotten our hands on a ton of new production photos from some of our most anticipated films of Fall 2007. First up is a new photo from Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, a romantic musical told through the music of The Beatles. If you haven’t yet seen the trailer, watch it now.

The photo above shows Jim Sturgess, who plays Jude in the film (of “Hey Jude” fame) staring at some strawberries on the wall. The marketing department has been using strawberries in the marketing of this film as a metaphor for a bleeding heart (or at least that’s my interpretation). Click on the image to enlarge, check back next week for our review.  Across The Universe hits theaters on September 21st 2007.

New Across The Universe Photo and Videos

Across The Universe

Across The Universe is on our list for the most anticipated films of 2007. We’ve been waiting for this film for what seems like forever. The movie trailer was released in February and absolutely blew us away (if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it now). Then came stories that director Julie Taymor was fighting with the studio to keep her final cut after Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth re-cut the film without her permission. It will be interesting to see what this film looks like when it premieres at Toronto. MTV Has posted a new photo from the film (seen above).

MTV also has two exclusive clips of a pre-Marilyn Manson Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess singing classic Beatles tunes in Julie Taymor’s upcoming film. You can watch them at Overdrive.

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